Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Shanghai, 2012

Top ten pictures from the Chinese Grand Prix

2012 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

A selection of the best pictures from the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

Sebastian Vettel fans, Thursday

Sebastian Vettel fans, Shanghai, 2012

How could I not include this shot of enthusiastic Sebastian Vettel fans – and a nickname that is sure to stick.

Lewis Hamilton, Friday practice

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Shanghai, 2012

Lewis Hamilton sported some new artwork on his helmet for this race. But it didn’t bring him much luck: a five-place grid penalty left him seventh on the grid.

Jules Bianchi, Friday practice

Jules Bianchi, Force India, Shanghai, 2012

First practice was wet so Jules Bianchi spent most of his time sat in Paul di Resta’s car, completing only eight laps.

Michael Schumacher, Friday practice

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Shanghai, 2012

Michael Schumacher was fastest in the second practice session – but his team mate best him to pole position.

Heikki Kovalainen, qualifying

Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Shanghai, 2012

Heikki Kovalainen beat his team mate again in qualifying but a technical problem spoiled his race.

Timo Glock, qualifying

Timo Glock, Marussia, Shanghai, 2012

The pace of the Marussias continued to improve – in a race with no safety car periods, Timo Glock only dropped off the lead lap at the very end.

Mark Webber, race

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2012

Mark Webber arrives on the grid ahead of the start of the race.

Romain Grosjean, race

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Shanghai, 2012

After two very short races in Australia and Malaysia, Romain Grosjean scored his first points with sixth place.

Pastor Maldonado, race

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Shanghai, 2012

Williams had their first two-car points finish since the 2010 Korean Grand Prix, Pastor Maldonado finishing eighth behind team mate Bruno Senna.

Nico Rosberg, race

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Shanghai, 2012

The star of the race was undoubtedly Nico Rosberg, who won his first F1 race and Mercedes’ first for 57 years.

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